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: Hooks in Strike Indicators?

Blues Brother
12-21-2005, 04:32 PM
My father talked to a fellow who said he made his own strike indicators and always put hooks in them. Reason being, he says he gets a lot of hits on the indicator itself. Anyone ever had this happen to them?

12-21-2005, 08:03 PM

From what I hear that out here in the NW summer steelhead sometimes will rise and grab an indicator. Then again they will grab a butt filter from a Winston from time to time. :smokin: I hear that people are putting hooks in their indicators now but is it really worth the hassel of the hook always getting tangled on your leader ? But if you just fish with the indicator at the end of your leader by all means try a hook with it.

12-21-2005, 10:04 PM
Hey OC,

Wouldn't that then be a new fly deserving of a name? I vote it should be called either the Indifly of the Indi-cator. Perhaps BB or his father's friend should copywrite it since no doubt it would be a first rate floating fly and they thought of it first.

12-22-2005, 06:43 AM
Yeah, I've had that happen allot on backcountry lakes and streams here in the Rockies. They pretty much hit anything that moves on some lakes. I don't think I'd bother with a hook in the indicator though. Usually when they are that dumb the catching is pretty good anyway. Those kind of days are best spent casting your other goofy,experimental flies that don't work anywhere else! :hihi:

Dble Haul
12-22-2005, 08:21 AM
There are indicator flies out there. They're basically blaze orange Madam X flies, or something of that type. Apparently they fish very well on certain waters.

12-22-2005, 10:53 AM
You could try just fishing a big club sandwich or other foam hopper pattern and run the dropper off the bend of the hook.

12-22-2005, 12:19 PM
How's this for a strike indicator? :devil:

Dble Haul
12-22-2005, 12:51 PM
I dunno, Charlie.....I might need shades when I look at that one on the water. :cool: :wink:

12-22-2005, 03:12 PM

I wouldn't know about using it for an indicator. But it would be a beautiful summer steelhead fly. And a beautiful winter Christmas tree decoration. You sure do nice work!

12-22-2005, 04:52 PM
But it would be a beautiful summer steelhead fly.

Yes I agree. That fly would work magic on the Clearwater in Idaho. Nicely done Charlie!

12-23-2005, 01:08 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys. I tied this color combo for fishing up on the Gaspe for atlantics. It has been a very successful pattern.... except when it is tied on the end of my line. :mad:


01-11-2006, 09:09 AM
Hey Guys!!
In the Uk we have been putting hooks in our strike indicators for quite a while. The competition boys do a lot of fishing on stocked reservoirs with buzzer patterns and Diawl Bachs (both chironomid representations), fishing a team of up to 4 nymphs and use and indicator which at home is called a bung (??why). People were noticing that they were getting the occasional rise to the bung, and since in competition every fish counts they started tying hooks into them. They are basically a big lump of fluorescent ether foam attached to a hook.

Also in NZ when fishing the rivers it is common to fish with a "dry and dropper", where you tie a dropper with a nymph attached to the bend of a regular dry fly - and so I suppose the dry then becomes a strike indicator with a hook in it too.

By the way I got in some great trout fishing down in Tierra del Fuego last month - taking brookies and rainbows up to 6lb in weigh :biggrin: . Off to Junin de los Andes to do some back country fishing next week.